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Best-selling author to visit campus

Sept. 11, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University community is invited to participate in the First-Year Seminar's 2008 Common-Read Program, as well as help welcome one of this series' scheduled authors to campus this fall.

First-Year Seminar is a two-credit-hour transition course for first-year students, which helps to prepare them for their initial year at WMU. As part of the course content, students take part in a common-read experience.

The main theme of the four books selected for this year is "purpose," with relationships, diversity and other topics serving as subthemes.

Four books are on the reading list, including the "Battle of Jericho" by Sharon Draper. Draper will be on campus Wednesday, Oct. 1, to talk about the book. Her discussion will begin at 4 p.m. in 210 Bernhard Center.

First-Year Seminar is hosting Draper's visit in collaboration with Hillside Middle School, the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home, the Kalamazoo Public Library and Milwood Magnet School.

Draper is a New York Times best-selling author and a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. A professional educator as well as an accomplished writer, she also has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year.

The other books selected for the 2008 Common-Read Program are: "I Am the Messenger" by Markus Zuzak; "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Piccoult, and "The Body of Christopher Creed" by Carol Plum-Ucci.

For more information about all of the books on this year's reading list, visit First-Year Experience online.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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